WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The College of Charleston track & field program made history yet-again Thursday at the High Point University Team Challenge, toppling a school-record for the fifth time this year.
“It was a great meet for us tonight,” Seago said. “We really enjoyed the short format head-to-head competition style that this meet implemented.”
In what’s already been an outstanding collegiate debut, freshman Kennay Agnew continued to incinerate expectations, breaking her second school record of the year. Agnew won the 200m dash outright with a time of 25.97 seconds, breaking the year-old high-water mark of 26.07 seconds set by Lorna Doucette last year. The freshman previously broke the 60m dash record at the season-opener in Chapel Hill with a time of 7.93, only to have teammate Deanna King shave a one-hundredth of a second off at the following meet to steal the record away.
Agnew didn’t stop there, also pulling off a second place finish in the 400m with a time of 59.17, falling a tenth of a second shy of matching her personal-best time.
The freshman wasn’t alone in posting impressive times in the sprints. King finished a tenth of a second behind her young teammate to take second in the 200m dash, surpassing her PR by 0.22 seconds with a time of 26.08, vaulting her to third-fastest in school-history. Timesha Moody wasn’t far behind with a time of 26.72, advancing her to seventh-fastest in CofC-history. Moody also narrowly edged her PR in the 60m with a time of 7.94. Jordan Gravelle captured third place in the 400m dash and improved her personal best by nearly four tenths of a second with a time of 59.65, advancing her to the fourth-best in the event in the history of the College.
“The sprint group performed particularly well tonight, especially considering how little time in-between their events there was,” head coach Amy Seago said.
The Cougars finished third and fourth in the 60m hurdles thanks to Alexia Neal (9.10) and Rachel Leder (9.16). Julia Petruch logged a personal best time of 9.66 seconds in the event, moving her past teammate Ciera Holston and into eight place all-time.
Alexis Wilkins, Courtney Brooks and Alexandra Coyle finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the weight throw with lobs of 13.95m, 13.30m and 12.86m respectively. Brooks in particular was impressive, as the freshman added 7cm to her personal best.
In the distance events, Marissa Small-Towns took fifth place in the 800m run, and for the third straight meet achieved a personal best time. At 2 minutes, 18 seconds flat, Small-Towns made the leap to number three in school-history. Cara Butcher meanwhile turned in a big performance in the 3000m run, shaving over 13 seconds off her personal-best and crossing the finish line with a time of 10:05.18, making her the second-best 3000m runner in school history. Carlee Cassidy (10:11.01) and Tori Churchill (10:20.73) achieved PRs in the event as well, improving to No. 3 and No. 7 respectively.
The Cougars return home, but will be right back to it at the same venue on February 20, when they return to Winston-Salem for the UCS Invitational.
ECAC Qualifying Marks Cara Butcher – 5000m (17:24.56) Julisa Tindall – High Jump (1.83m) RoShani Glover – Triple Jump (12.10m)